Money is not everything. In order to prove this, 28-year-old Ansh Mishra, an MBA from the Allahabad Technical College, travelled to 24 states and four union territories without any money, reaching his last stop in Jagdalpur in 250 days.
Mishra says he started his journey without any money on February 3, 2017 and took lifts from vehicles running on the National Highway. He depended on people’s cooperation for his travel, food and accomadation, He says that 1,800 truck drivers gave him lifts during his journey. There were times when he even spent his nights sleeping under the trucks, eating food cooked by the drivers.
However, there were times when he had to face some problems as well. Once, in Surat, he had to wait for nine hours to get a lift and he had nothing to eat for 26 hours. His health got affected as well. Even in Kerela, he was met with suspicion and not too many people came out to help.
He also travelled to Bastar, and says it’s a beautiful place. In fact, he feels that Bastar would have been a great tourist spot only if there was no problem of the Maoists. “My family members had advised me to not go there. But I didn’t feel any kind of fear when I was there. In fact, the tourism industry has immense potential in that area,” he says.